Thursday, November 26, 2009

Off-Broadway Hit Musical 'Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz' Set for Chicago Premiere at the Athenaeum Theatre

CHICAGO, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) and the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) are pleased to announce the arrival of the riveting Off-Broadway musical "Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz," to the Midwest for a limited, one-week engagement at the Athenaeum Theatre, located at 2936 N. Southport, in Chicago. Opening Night is set for Thursday, Mar. 18, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

"We're delighted to work with the International Latino Cultural Center to showcase 'Celia' in Chicago," said Henry Cardenas, the show's executive producer. "Since embarking on this tour, we've been constantly reminded of how much the world loved and admired Celia. She was an incredibly gifted artist whose legacy will live on forever. We hope Chicago audiences will also enjoy this tribute to the great 'Queen of Salsa'."

Since opening to rave reviews Off-Broadway in August 2007, "Celia" has gone on to see continued success in Miami, Tenerife, Spain and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The show launched its international tour in June 2008 in Miami, drawing more than 20,000 attendees including artists Gloria and Emilio Estefan, David Caruso and Jon Secada. Pop queen Madonna also took in the musical during its nine-month engagement in New York.

"The International Latino Cultural Center recognized Celia in 1999 with the Gloria Lifetime Achievement Award -- for her artistic excellence and contribution to the development of Latino cultures worldwide," said ILCC Executive Director Pepe Vargas. "It gives us great pleasure to collaborate with CMN and be a part of this extraordinary musical rendition."

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